Useful Resources

Exercise in Care (chair-based exercise classes)

Exercise in Care provide sessions to over 60 care homes in Devon. Their sessions are science-backed and enjoyment led, with adaptations for all abilities.

Contact Jordan to book your FREE trial session today!

Tel: 07429570254

Driving theory webinars and self-study modules

The East of England Strategic Migration Partnership has developed some webinars and self-study modules on driving theory for migrants.

They are available at

Key Contacts for Care Homes

Please see below an updated contact list for in hours and out of hours services for care homes, covering the Plymouth, West Devon and South Hams areas:

Key Contacts

The HIVE: Working together to bring FREE access to all members 

All care homes that are part of the Devon Care Homes Collaborative can access the HIVE, Torbay and South Devon’s Learning Management system, for FREE. 

Have you signed up yet? If not, click here to register your details and gain access to 100s of digital, virtual and classroom training opportunities.

Oral Health

Some useful resources from Knowledge Oral Healthcare, designed to help care workers maximise the oral health and wellbeing of those living in care homes.

Dementia Digital Health App: Memory Lane Games

Memory Lane Games is an app to help with reminiscences, aiming to improve lives affected by Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It can be mirrored to a smart TV to be used as a fun quiz and is a gentle way to start conversations, so please have a go.

MS-UK Support Services

MS-UK is a national charity supporting people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live healthier and happier lives. 

The charity offers a variety of services such as the MS-UK helpline, which is there to provide emotional support and share relevant information about symptoms, treatments, lifestyle choices and more. The helpline is available to carers and professionals and open from Monday to Friday, 10am until 4pm. Please telephone 0800 783 0518 or email

Skills for Care Update (March/April 24)

Check out the latest Powerpoint slides from Skills for Care. They provide a huge amount of information about events and resources, support and links.

There's also information on their new costed Workforce Planning and Care Quality Commission workshops. If you want to know more, please contact

Support for Managers

The Skills for Care website has a wealth of information to support Managers. Check out their introductory modules and webinars, covering a range of topics, and the Local and Deputy Manager Networks. The website offers advice on CQC inspections and includes guidance on managerial development, managing people and managing a service. There are resources on how to support equality, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and there is also a useful wellbeing guide and advice line for help with recruitment, leadership and CQC expectations.  

Don't forget to claim funding for the introductory modules for managers and digital learning for CQC inspection preparation through the Workforce Development Fund. Visit our website for more information.

Person-centred care for older people in care homes

This resource, created by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, helps providers and managers develop a personalised approach to care in their homes.

Arts in Care Homes

This resource offers care workers practical ideas on how to get care home residents more engaged in arts.

Falls Prevention and Post Falls Care

Visit the SWASFT website for some helpful resources on falls, including general advice and post falls assessment and guidance.

Another quick and useful guide can be found on the SCIE website.

Blue Light Card

Register today to get access to a range of online and high street discounts. Available to all social care staff, the cost is £4.99 for a two year membership.

Smart Technology in Care Homes

Explore these resources for help in setting up and using Alexa devices, covering activities like playing music, and setting reminders. Access a variety of materials, including e-learning modules, step-by-step instruction leaflets and privacy posters.

You can use these resources online, in print or listen to them in audio format, with options in multiple languages. For a personalised touch, customise them by adding pictures and then print for a uniquely tailored experience. 

Check out this review of the current evidence: How can smart technology enhance the lives of care home residents?

You can also view the following blog posts:

Smart Technology in Care Homes: October 2023

Smart Technology in Care Homes: November 2023

Smart Technology in Care Homes: December 2023

Smart Technology in Care Homes: January 2024

Smart Technology in Care Homes: February 2024

What have care homes around Devon been using Alexa for? 

Good Record Keeping 

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman receive a large number of complaints in relation to the records held by care providers.

Check out this guide to keeping comprehensive and accurate records to ease distress and ensure compliance with regulations. 

Childcare Choices

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could be entitled to Government help with childcare costs

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